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Jelly Filled Donuts
1 cup whole milk
3/4 ounce (4 1/2 teaspoons) instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar, plus more for coating
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon mace
2 tablespoons nonfat powdered milk
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
Oil, for coating bowl
Vegetable shortening, for frying
1 1/2 cups raspberry, strawberry, blueberry or your favorite jelly for filling doughnut
Set a small saucepan over low heat and add 1/4 cup of the milk. Heat the milk long enough to remove the chill and raise the temperature just slightly so that it is just warm. Place the yeast in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and pour the heated milk over the yeast. Stir the milk into the yeast and allow it to bloom for 5 to 10 minutes. In a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, butter, salt, mace, and powdered milk and mix until just well combined. Do not overmix. Add the egg and mix gently. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of milk and mix briefly. Add the flours and yeast mixture and mix to form a smooth dough, about 6 to 8 minutes at second speed.
Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Set aside to rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour and, using a rolling pin, roll to a thickness of 1/2-inch. Let dough sit undisturbed for 5 minutes to allow the dough to relax. Using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, cut doughnuts into rounds about 3 inches in diameter.
Add enough solid vegetable shortening to a large saucepan or deep-fryer to come halfway up the sides of the pan when melted. Heat over medium heat to a temperature of 350 degrees F. Fry the doughnuts, a few at a time so as to not overcrowd, turning once midway through the cooking, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. While donuts are still warm, place them in a paper bag with some sugar and shake to coat. Transfer the cooked doughnuts to a cookie rack set over a sheet pan to cool.
When cool, place the jelly in a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip and, using the tip, poke a small hole in the side of the doughnuts and fill the centers with 2 tablespoons of the jam. Serve.
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Beef Brisket and Vegetables
1 (4-pound) beef brisket, trimmed of fat
3 tablespoons mixed whole peppercorns, crushed with a meat mallet or bottom of heavy skillet
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup baby carrots
4 medium red potatoes, quartered
4 shallots, cut into wedges
8 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 cups red wine
2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
Season brisket all over with salt and crushed peppercorns. In a shallow dish, with a spoon, combine flour and garlic powder. Roll brisket in flour mixture to coat.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add brisket and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown on all sides. Arrange carrots, potatoes, shallots, garlic, and rosemary around brisket. Pour wine over vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 3 hours, until beef is tender. Remove brisket from pot and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing crosswise into thin slices.
Shred and reserve 2 cups beef for soft tacos, if desired.
Serve sliced beef with vegetables, shallots, garlic, and liquid from pot spooned over top.
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